Private schools are getting ever more expensive, but what can we do instead? Homeschooling is one option. The decision to remove your child from a formalized learning environment is not one to ever be taken lightly. Read on for some insight and advice that can help you decide whether you want to homeschool your child.
Homeschooling doesn’t mean you have to be their only teacher. Involve other experts, be it the Baker at the local bakery or your nearby librarian. Family members and friends can step in and help, too. The more teachers you provide, the broader the knowledge base your children will end up with.
Find out what your state has in place as far as homeschooling regulations. Some states have very strict rules with many hoops you have to jump through, so you must find out what your state requires of you before you get started. Some states are more lax, so start researching today!
Find an ideal spot at home for your school work space. You will need a place that your child is comfortable in, but
1. Write your vision and goals down. Verba volant, scripta manent. That’s Latin for “Spoken words fly away, but written words remain.” This will help you for those moments when you:
- can’t remember why you decided to homeschool or
- need to see the big picture or
- must put theory aside and actually achieve something.
In the words of Tom Fleming, “That which gets written, gets done.”
2. Learn about different curricula. The options can be overwhelming, so give yourself time to research at your own pace. Keep notes on what you find out. For young children, you do not need a curriculum. Really. Carefully choose children’s books from the library and read to them at least 30 minutes a day.
3. Attend a used curriculum sale. You will discover that all homeschoolers do not have seven children, really long skirts and even longer hair. Besides, you might find some bargains. How can you go wrong when you purchase a textbook for $.50?
4. Join a support group. Don’t homeschool in a vacuum. If you do, you will get
Have you considered homeschooling your children? Maybe you have but often wondered what you would be getting yourself into if you did. Thousands of parents home school their children every day. It wasn’t an easy decision, there are a lot of things to consider when you home school your child, here are some of the main things that you need to consider.
One parent will have to stay home with child while they are schooling them or working part-time, if you are used to living on a two income family there will be some sacrifices made to compensate for this. Also home schooling, while can be done cheaply can also cost more money depending on which program that you use for homeschooling.
Teaching your children at home will take up most of the day. You will have to have available time to teach, take on field trips and to prepare lessons. There is a lot when you are doing this at home. During the day you
As a parent educator, you have the freedom to weave your family’s values, your educational goals, and your children’s passions into the living journey of homeschooling. You get to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. You do not need to become entangled or even burdened with what the school down the street is up to, because you have the ability to design a program that is perfectly suited for not only each of your children, but your entire family as well.
To be a successful homeschooler you need a foundation, a plan, and sheer determination.
This is the most essential piece to the homeschooling puzzle.
You need to lay a solid foundation for your children and your family.
- What does your ideal homeschool environment look like?
- What do imagine your daily routine to look like? How will the house run in the midst of your homeschool day?
- Will your children help around the house?
- What part will both you and your spouse play in their education?
- Will you incorporate your faith into
Often, when considering homeschooling, the focus gets put on the search for the best curriculum. While curriculum is important, an even more important factor needs to be considered before you decide to jump in with both feet.
While homeschooling does offer the allure of flexibility of learning materials, delivery and time, these pluses can turn into negatives if it is assumed that no accountability is necessary at all.
3 Rules of Accountability
1. Parent to School Board/Government
We are particularly fortunate because we have multiple school boards that solely serve the homeschooling population in our province of Alberta. This is a tremendous help as we are assigned to a case worker who travels to our house twice a year to consult with us about our goals, curriculum, activities, expenses, etc.
It helps to know that even though we have chosen homeschooling, we are not completely alone. The case worker is also available throughout the year free of charge for questions or advice when difficult situations arise. They also offer great ideas about what is working for other families in
1. It’s ‘easier’ (and not easy) to amend your child’s body-clock than trying to make him stick to routine, so let’s put easier things first on our goal list. The simplest part is regulating his hunger timings. While lunch break in school will do half of the trick, regulate his snacks, dinner and breakfast time. Serve each meal on a fixed time so his hunger timings are regulated. Welcoming him after school with a tasty energetic snack can be a great start.
2. The next and the biggest hurdle is the bed time. There will always be distractions, but don’t allow a flexibility of more than 30 minutes on weekdays. Put your foot down if need be and create a lights out environment. Rest assured that the resistance won’t last a month and your baby would start to yawn before you could drag him to bed.
3. Introduce your child to a day-planner or if you are not a gadget fan then stick to traditional timetables. Put reminders for important dates and paper submissions, keeping scope for sufficient action time; coax your
Gaining admittance into a Swiss boarding school isn’t easy. A lot of preparation is required to ensure the best chances of success. Here are some tips to keep in mind:
1. Work with a boarding schools placements consultant.
You want a consultancy company or an expert specializing in Swiss boarding schools and international placements. Aside from helping you choose the most suitable school, these consultants can also help your child gain admission. Selecting and getting into some of the best schools in Switzerland certainly becomes easier with the help of a professional, who can guide you to the right facility that meets your requirements and expectations in terms of curriculum, method of teaching, facilities, and even tuition.
2. Submit the application way ahead of the deadline.
It might take you some time to complete your admissions folder, so start early and submit all the required documents in advance. An educational consultant can help you with this. The admission staffs of Swiss boarding schools are likely to appreciate the promptness and care you will show to
Given the hi-tech gadgets a child has access to today, it is a real challenge to get children to even open a book. If they are not watching television, they are either engrossed in an internet video game or are jabbing away at the tiny keys on their cell phone. Reading is important because it enhances language skills building a child’s comprehension ability and vocabulary. It also promotes visual development and verbal skills. Additionally, reading provides us with different lenses through which we can examine our everyday lives.
So, if your child is not reading enough, he is missing out on something very crucial. This how-to article lists the different tricks you can use to spark an interest in reading. Although our focus is children, you can apply a few of the tips to yourself too.
It should start with reserving some time for the reading ritual. It is true it’s hard to find time, but it can be as little as 10-15 minutes. Do it every day. The best time to read to a child is
Home Schooling is the wave of the future; it is how America will survive, or fail.
To understanding how important it is for you to home school your child one need merely look at the way children are taught today. For the purposes of this article I will choose one, and only one item. Believe me, there are dozens of items like this one. The item I will discuss is how cheap your child’s work is, and how this makes your child view his work, and therefore himself, as unimportant.
Your child is given a task. Maybe it is to write a report, maybe it is a page of math. Halfway through the task the bell rings, and the child is made to go play.
Yes, made to go play. The intent here is not to complete the work, but to order the child about, and make him/her amenable to social control and behavior modification.
If you were at work, had an important job to do, would your boss make you go play? And, more important, would you
At school, it can be tough for children to understand all the lessons that are imparted to them. Even average students tend to fall behind sometimes and without adequate support from their teachers at school – who are always in a hurry to finish the syllabus in time – they tend to lose interest in studies. This leaves a gap in their studies, which gets reflected in the exam results. You can take care of this problem by going for home tutoring for your kids. Here are 5 essential factors to look for while choosing a good tutor for your child at home.
First of all, you should check whether or not the tutor is knowledgeable. It is better to ask for some references before choosing a home tutor. You can directly ask your tutor to provide you with some references so that you can check whether or not the tutor has the degrees and knowledge that can help him to impart lessons to your kid in a successful manner.
It is also important to check whether or not
If you are a homeschool mom, chances are this time of year you are getting the itch to finish things for this school year. It’s sunny outside which means the kiddos are not as focused as they were a month ago and let’s be honest, we homeschooling mamas are ready for a break too. Summer is so close we can smell it and after a long winter who doesn’t want to get some sunshine therapy! However, you probably have a bit more schooling that needs to be completed before you can officially wrap things up which can be grueling to do at times.
Never fear fellow homeschoolers, I have learned a few tips over my last 5 years of homeschooling on how to finish your homeschool year strong and to keep you from pooping out.
1. Do more hands on learning
Those experiments you skipped during winter when your days were packed, now is a great time to do them! Not only will it be fun for the kiddos and a great change of pace for them and you but you’ll also
Is reading difficult for you? Do you have problems remembering what you read? If you have this problem you are not alone. Children, teenagers and even adults struggle with retention. Reading comprehension issues are caused by the inability to retain, or remember what you read. Reading fiction novels is a valuable remedy for increasing retention for eight reasons.
1. Fiction novels are the most interesting books you can read. They include many genres, such as: thrillers, adventures, detectives, science, historical, romance and westerns.
2. Fiction novels are written to keep you interested so you will keep reading. There are many plots which build on one another and are staggered throughout the novels to make you curious enough to keep you turning pages.
3. The more you read, the more your attention span increases. A good novel should peak your interests by making you guess what will happen next. Its twists and turns in the actions will keep you in suspense until the plots are tied together at the novel’s end.
4. Unlike television
Do you remember going to school or college and just not being in the right frame of learning that particular day? Perhaps you found the classroom environment distracting and wished you could get your head down in peace and quite in the library instead!
If so, you might be a great candidate for home learning.
One of the best things about a home learning course is that you can work through the materials at your own pace. You can decide when, where and how you are going to do it, and if you are not in the mindset to do it today, you can schedule a time to focus on it tomorrow instead.
For those who have other commitments in life, such as another job, children or other activities you participate in, it means that you can focus on your learning at a time that fits in with you. Providing that you fulfil the expectations that are within the course, such as getting assignments completed on time, your tutors have no idea when or where
When you decide to embark upon a home learning programme, it can be an exciting time! All of the potential of new knowledge headed in your direction from the comfort of your arm chair and yet as much as I would encourage the personal and professional development this will bring, there are definitely some factors that you should consider before jumping in.
Are you someone who finds it easy to motivate yourself?
If so then home learning will be a great option for you. You need to be able to tear yourself away from all of the other things you could be doing – watching TV, getting the washing done – what ever it is – in favour of doing the study you have paid to do. As much as you might be excited by this idea at first, think about doing it in say, 6 months time when perhaps your circumstances may change. Even the weather turning hotter or colder can change our habits in our free time. Will you still make time for home study
We live in an amazing time. Thanks to pioneering people and constantly evolving social constructs, most of us can not only legally educate our children in our own homes, but we can do it in most any way we see fit. Increasingly families are turning to the concept of ‘unschooling’, or free-range learning, as the method most aligned with their family values, structures and schedules.
In deciding to unschool we are committing to trust that we are all capable of learning what we need to learn when we need to learn it, despite unending societal messages to the contrary. Unschooling means a commitment to letting everyone direct their own learning, while also providing a constant influx of enriching opportunities to keep everyone motivated and engaged. It means not allowing complacency or boredom to rob us of vital opportunities for authentic learning. One way to strike the balance is through a daily commitment to five open-ended practices. These practices have the potential to provide a comforting framework which can help families fully relax into the blank canvas of the unschooling life.
- Get your game
From the moment we find out we are expecting a child, our minds and hearts overflow with hopes and dreams for them. My child will be the most beautiful, brilliant, talented little person to ever walk the Earth, right? And they are that to each of us!
But sometimes, we discover there is a “problem.” The last thing we want to admit is there is something different or wrong with our child. It’s a hard thing to do. Not that we love them any less! But let’s be honest, we would rather sit around other moms and share how our 4 year old can read a chapter book, do multiplication at age 6 and paint like Rembrandt by age 7. Not to mention, they are also on their way to the Olympics in two different sports. Or at least it seems that way when you are the one quietly listening to all the achievements of other people’s children!
So, let’s get a few things straight… Most likely those other moms are exaggerating a wee bit! And there is nothing wrong with your child!
The 21st century is very competitive for students, particularly in Singapore, where exemplary exam results and academic success are vital to a student’s future. Unfortunately, most of the teachers in our schools are often not able to give their students the individual attention that they need to achieve their high levels of academic success in their studies and exams.
Home Tutoring for the Struggling Student
Many students, often the underachievers and those with learning difficulties struggle in school to cope with their daily homework and exam preparation. Often, it is not that they are not smart nor that they are committed enough. Usually, it is because a student needs personalised guidance and training to perform better in his exams which are more challenging and demanding.
The key to enhancing a student’s poor results in his exams is home tuition. A home tutor will be able to adjust his teaching styles to suit the student’s individual learning needs. The tutor can also focus and help by imparting him with vital skills and exam strategies that will boost his self esteem and confidence
In-home tutoring or home tutoring can be defined as a form of tutoring that is basically done at home and not anywhere outside. Tutoring can also be defined as receiving guidance or any type of instruction by a tutor. More often than not, this tutoring relates to a particular test preparation or any academic subject. This is very different when compared to other types of tutoring centers or any other type of tutoring that is provided by various after school classes and/or programs. This is a very good form of tuition because it involves one-on- one attention and this increases the grasp of any student.
First step towards home tutoring
The first step that must be taken towards home tutoring is to determine whether or not your child requires home tutoring. This is a very important step because not everyone requires special attention. Thus it is always up to the parent or guardian to take a wise call as far as house tutoring is concerned. If you feel that it is not required, it would be very wise of you to just